Seth Rollins Reveals WWE’s Initial Plans For Breaking Up The Shield
June 2, 2014 marked one of the most unforgettable moments in the history of WWE Monday Night Raw, when Seth Rollins turned heel by breaking up The Shield.
The night before, The Shield (Rollins, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose) defeated Evolution (Triple H, Randy Orton and Batista) in a No Holds Barred Elimination match in the main event of Payback. It was a defining moment for WWE’s most accomplished stable of the Reality Era, but Rollins’ stunning betrayal ruined the excitement and thrill.
Earlier that night on Raw, Batista angrily walked out of WWE because Triple H wouldn’t grant him a championship opportunity. At the end of the show, Triple H and Orton confronted The Shield. The Game announced “Plan B”, which saw Rollins attack his two allies with a steel chair, thus aligning himself with The Authority.
According to Rollins, however, the original plan was for WWE to break up The Shield several months earlier.
During an appearance on Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Sessions (h/t Fightful.com), Rollins revealed that WWE initially planned to break the trio up before Royal Rumble 2014. This would have set the stage for a one-on-one showdown between Reigns and Rollins at WrestleMania XXX in New Orleans, Louisiana:
“They spring that on us, we’re talking hours before it happened. What happened was, they wanted to break us up back in January (2014), maybe December. They wanted to go to Ambrose and Roman and at WrestleMania 30 in New Orleans. I was left out. Maybe a special referee or something. I was like, ‘Are you kidding me?’ They wanted to break us up and we had just turned the corner into being babyfaces.
Over time, it was like, ‘they’re too cool, we can’t boo them anymore.’ We were like, ‘No. What are you doing? We’re not ready for that yet, we have a whole run as babyfaces. There’s a lot of merch money on the table.’ We went to Hunter (Triple H), we talked about it, we ended up hashing it out and worked with The Outlaws (Road Dogg & Billy Gunn) and Kane at WrestleMania, which was a truncated match, a glorified squash because you guys (Austin, The Rock, and Hulk Hogan) talked for 35 minutes and the Daniel Bryan and Hunter went out and did 35 minutes.”
The Shield would briefly reunite in 2017 and in 2019. Soon after WWE confirmed in Jan. 2019 that Ambrose (then working as a heel) would leave the company following the expiration of his contract in April, he turned face again and reunited one last time with Rollins and Reigns.
The Shield’s Last Match
The Shield’s final match together took place at The Shield’s Final Chapter (a WWE Network special) on Apr. 21, 2019. The Shield defeated Drew McIntyre, Bobby Lashley and Baron Corbin in a six-man tag match. A month later, the former WWE Champion would make his debut for AEW — where he now performs as “Jon Moxley” — at Double or Nothing 2019.